House of Stain

We scored. Big time. Nashville Craigslist is kind of magical at moments. We walked away with six new-to-us dining chairs. For $20.

craigslist chair diy

They were solid wood, but twice painted over with latex , and adorned with a country cushion. If you could see past that, you would see a super cute and pretty large chair that just needed a little stain and velvet.

We couldn’t pick a color, we were kind of stuck between two, so we did some testing, and more testing on scrap wood. The top piece is Olympic Maximum in Royal Mahogany with a Semi-Transparent finish. Below is Olympic Elite in Black Oak with a Semi-Transparent finish as well. We found both stains a Lowe’s after reviewing dozens of options online. They weren’t in the pre-made section, but they will mix them for you right there, just like paint. The right side of the samples is a single coat on both pieces. The center is two coats, and the left is three coats. We landed on two coats of Olympic Maximum in Royal Mahogany with a Semi-Transparent finish, but not so easy.

olympic stain example

And then we tested the actual chairs when we couldn’t visualize it from just the scraps.We took apart the chairs to make sure the brush marks of the stain were even and clean. It’s amazing how simple the engineering of these chairs are.

how to stain chair

Our finest sheets did the job of covering up an outdoor table while we used two chairs as real living examples of what could be.

olympic stain



The difference seems way less obvious on our screen, but there is a true difference in person. We also sprayed the screws with the same gold we used on our trunk risers, and it added a great touch. We have been using the new $20 chairs outside for gatherings and couldn’t be happier with how cheap and easy they came together.

olympic stain review

We plan on seeing if Olympic Maximum in Royal Mahogany is #UpToTheTest and will report back after some weeks of wear and inevitable rain, zippy cup spills, and natural elements.

Check out what the other bloggers from #behindtheseal are up to with their staining project with Olympic Stain. If you have no idea what I am blabbing’ about, check out this post and hop on our instagram account and catch up.

The Ugly Duckling House
The DIY Villiage
DIO Home Improvements

We are so excited about this partnership and can’t wait to show you what we honestly think! We have been sponsored by Good Housekeeping and Olympic Paint, and promise to continue to be honest about reviews in our posts. 

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